The Red Umbrella Fund

The Red Umbrella Fund is the first global fund guided by and for sex workers. The fund exists to mobilise resources to help strengthen and sustain the movement in achieving human rights for sex workers.

Since its creation in 2012, the Red Umbrella Fund has supported the work of 46 sex worker-led groups in 41 different countries. They were selected by the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) out of almost 1600 applications during two rounds of applications (2012 and 2013).

 
Red Umbrella Fund
In 2012, a new and innovative global grant-making mechanism for and by sex workers was launched: the Red Umbrella Fund (RUF). The Red Umbrella Fund aims to strengthen and ensure the sustainability of the sex worker rights movement by catalysing new funding specifically for sex worker-led organisations and national, regional and global networks.
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Our Mission is to strengthen and ensure the sustainability of the sex worker rights movement by catalysing new funding specifically for sex worker-led organizations and national, regional and global networks.
SIlver Rose FI
Miriam Edwards, Executive Director and founding member of the Guyana Sex Work Coalition and co-chair of the Caribbean Sex Work Coalition, explains why the Red Umbrella Fund is of vital importance to sex workers.
Miriam Edwards
Anne Gathumbi, Programme Manager at the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, Kenya, outlines why she is proud to be part of the Red Umbrella Fund.
Anne Gathumbi